Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 17th Mar 2003 22:49 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces So many operating systems and so many graphical desktop environments... This article is a comparison of the UI and usability of several Desktop Environments (DEs), that have been widely used, admired and reviled: Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Read on which one got our best score on our long term test and usage.
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XP Should Win
by Ken Lynch on Tue 18th Mar 2003 09:43 UTC

I'd have been surprised if XP didn't win. It has the biggest application base, biggest user base, biggest hardware support. I currently run XP and I don't care what anyone says, on my PC it is fast and stable. The only other platform I can get apps to do what I want on is OSX - I would love a Mac but can't afford to buy one and replace all my software. I've tried every major distro of Linux, BeOS, and QNX and while they all provide nice desktops, nothing matches XP for its applications and hardware.

I do a lot of 3D graphics, web/graphic design, photography, and music on my PC and there are NO alternatives for the software I use on any other platform except OSX. Don't get me wrong, I've looked into all these OSs because I wanted to get away from Microsoft's quirks and I had high hopes for BeOS with it having the weight of a company behind it and with it's aim of being a Media OS.

Since Windows XP came out and I believe it has addressed a lot of issues with the Windows 9x range and does continue to improve. But whatever OS you run you need to take the rough with the smooth.

Now if I could get OSX on Intel/AMD... well I can dream ;-)